The G20: Inclusivity and Legitimacy - a Nordic Perspective

Published: 7 Jun 2017

At a time of geopolitical uncertainty and strong interdependencies there is a need for more effective global governance. The G20 provides a positive force but there are well founded concerns with regard to its legitimacy and the risk of securing “club goods” at the expense of international institutions such as the UN.

In particular, many countries from the southern hemisphere feel excluded from this elite group and continue to expresses their worries but they are not the only ones.

The Nordic countries, among them Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, constitute an economically powerful group of states that has been denied any membership so far. So what is the Nordic perspective towards the G20, and how can the Nordics contribute best to this forum of the largest industrial and emerging states?